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The article was from 2013 before they open the park.
No they are not removing it!
Its actually pretty good. there are several water effects that are not working yet. Once the plants have grown a bit the thumbing will look pretty cool
SO. I visited Motiongate again today. I only had 3 hours and have to say the park is coming along very nicely.
First off. Madagascar Mad Pursuit was running amazingly well. There are no inversions but a nice animatronic scene followed by a fast launch and some amazing airtime. Since my last visit a lot of the show elements have been improves and the who ride is full of props that light up and near misses with all manor of objects. The ride was always amazing but the addition of the show elements really turns this into a world beating ride.*
I wonít give too much away but its easily the best ride in the park at the moment.
The Ghost Busters block party was as camp and amazing as ever. Even withy the B team performing today to around 20 people they still put everything i not it. Its a total must see if visiting the park.
Smurfs Studio Tour was running well today with several new effects working although some lighting effects still didnít work properly.
Ghostbusters was running well and the guns seemed quite accurate now.
Hotel Transylvania was running ok although some of the physical effects werenít working, although several new lighting effects were.
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs was testing with all the rafts running without water dummys and ,looking from the Zombieland Blast Off Tower the ride seems larger than I had thought. On that note. the tower is still very good, with a very well themed que and a ride that provides and amazing pop of airtime and very comfy seats! and yes, its an s and s
I didnít do much else today other than take photos.
I did go to the Step up dubai all in show. Although the performance was stunning as always it still suffers from poor attendance and far too loud sound. This is clearly because the level is set to a fuller auditorium but with the public being made to sit in the front section close to the speakers i heard several people including me complaining about the loudness.
I had lunch at Baby Brents Luncheonette. the 2 slices of pizza I had were very good and reasonable. Although the tiramisu was ok, but the price AED 29 the same as my 2 large slices of Pizza was ridiculass.
overall it was a great davit was very quiet as I was there early on a weekday. One last mention has to go to the am,gazing staff. Everyone, including the guy sweeping trash, asked my how my day was going!
Heres the 1st batch of pics
they are mostly of Riverland
Here's my review of motiongate. It's quite wordy so feel free to skip to the photos at the end.
I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a sneak preview of Motiongate in Dubai. We arrived at the main car park and were shown to a parking space by lots of parking staff.
We then boarded a bus to be taken to the entrance of Riverland. The bus took us past the almost ready Lapita hotel which looks amazing and the Six Flags theme park area.
Once dropped at the entrance of Riverland we had quite a long walk to the gates of Motiongate. It was a pleasant walk through Riverland and it was nice to see how well themed it is.
There were Christmas decorations and a massive tree.
It was also nice to see that on the other side of the water the new Irish village had finally opened its doors.
The entrance to Motiongate is huge. There was movie music playing and the atmosphere was very exciting.
Upon entering the park you are in the studio central zone. The initial view of The New York Street Backlot area is amazing.
The attention to detail and themeing blows any other park in this region away! It really does feel like walking into a world class theme park. You totally don't feel like you are in Dubai!
At the end of The street is the hub with a fountain and access to all the different lands.
Working clockwise the LionsGate zone is first. This area is still under construction and will feature the Hunger Games coaster amongst other rides.
Next is the Hollywood Theatre where Step Up All In Dubai, a hip hop dance show is currently playing.
Next up is the Dreamworks zone. This is all indoors in a massive building. It is split up into several zones including Kung Fu panda, Shrek, Madagascar and How to Train your Dragon. When we visited it was not ready however when open it will almost double the size of the existing park.
It is also climate controlled so will be amazing in the warmer months.
Working clockwise the next zone is The Smurfs. The Smurfs village has been brilliantly brought to life. As you stroll through the zone it's again hard to remember you are still in Dubai.
The Smurfs zone contains great indoor and outdoor play areas, a rollercoaster, an interactive smurf show and a major dark ride.
The show in the Smurfs Village play house was interesting. It uses animated smurfs on a screen that interact with the audience. Technically it's very clever indeed however it does feel a bit flat. This is mostly due to the degree of audience participation that is required. If, as when we were there, the audience is really interested in participating it does seem like a needlessly drawn out show. They could have done the interaction with kids in five minutes and everyone would have been just as impressed. As it was with the show being 20 minutes longs several people left during the show.
The Smurfs Studios Tour is a very good dark ride. It combines some great animatronics with a good story line and provides. Surprisingly long ride experience. Of all the rides I experienced on the preview day it was by far my favourite.
The rollercoaster was open during our visit.
The next and final zone is the Sony Picture zone. This is by far the biggest zone at the moment.
As you enter this zone you can see a very impressive and huge looking castle in the distance. This is part of the Hotel Transylvania dark ride. Again this was not open in our visit but if the facade is anything to go by it will be stunning. The forced perspective on the castle is simply stunning.
Also in this area is the green hornet coaster. Due to high winds on the day of our visit it was only open sporadically. However it looks amazing and the screams coming from it seemed to speak volumes about its popularity as did the ques later in the day.
The Ghostbusters dark ride is also in this zone. This is a ride based on the Ghostbusters films (not the new one). The outside is very impressive as is the queue line. You will pass a very good ghost containment area along with lots of original photos from the production of the movies.
The ride itself is a shooting style dark ride and mixes props with screens that have ghosts to shoot. This is a great ride and the screens work well however it does feel slightly missing something. I can't quite put my finger on it but i think it could have done with a few more animatronics to complement the screens. The ride system reminds me of Bennos great race at Ferrari World. Overall the full experience is amazing. The fact that the queue line is so well themed really draws you into the story.
Underworld 4D is also in this zone. Again the themeing and imersiveness of the queue is nothing short of stunning. The actual 4D cinema is really good too. The 3D works really well and there are some genuine scares.
Zombiland blastoff is a combination shot and drop tower which was also having issues due to the very high winds the day we visited. Again the themeing of the ride and area is amazing!
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a Rapids ride that looks amazing. Again this wasn't open during the preview day but it looks like a great ride.
So. My overall thoughts about Motiongate. I was expecting this to be an amazing park. I had heard some good things and seen some photos. However nothing prepared me for the real thing. The attention to detail and overall themeing is nothing short of stunning. You really don't feel like you are in Dubai. The food quality and price seems a lot better than Legoland Dubai. We are at the Hotel Beastro and despite them having issues with the ordering system the staff coped very well and were always friendly and polite.
Something that really stands out with this park is the entertainment. There are characters all around the park and entertainment around every corner. It's safe to say that Motiongate will be a massive success. They really have set the bar high.
Here's some updates from a few days ago.
I was lucky enough to attend opening day at IMG worlds of adventure.
This review is quite wordy so you might want to skip to the photos at the end.
I was working there so didn't get to ride all the rides but did ride the three rollercoasters and managed to see most of the park. Therefore this review will mostly be about the rollercoasters and the general park. I will be returning to the park soon in order to ride the other rides and will post that review soon as I can.
First impressions when you enter a quite impressive. As you enter the Q area to get entry to the park on the right is the soon to be opened multiplex cinema. Once you enter through the turnstiles you are straight into IMG Boulevard. This area has several restaurants and shops and is also home to the haunted hotel attraction.
First impressions here are that it does look somewhat dark as you enter however once your eyes get accustomed to the light it actually looks fabulous. The seeming on this area is amazing and it includes the main IMG shop, coffee shops and full service restaurants.
Moving towards the bottom of IMG Boulevard on the left there is an entrance to the Cartoon Network zone and the haunted hotel. Again the theme in on the outside of the haunted hotel is unbelievable and there is great attention to detail. There is a bell boy outside beckoning people to enter. The make up and acting of this person was amazing. I can't wait to see inside.
If you take the path to the left just before the haunted hotel you like to the Cartoon Network zone. Again the theming is amazing and they have done a nice job of blending one zone into another.
In the cartoon network again features many restaurants and shops and quite a few rides. The only ride I went on here was adventure time the ride of ooo. This is a suspended monorail which goes out around the park and also features some nice dark ride sections. The right system is made by IE Park and provides a nice smooth ride. The dark right sections are based on the cartoon and it is a great way to get a view over the cartoon network zone.
A special mention has to be made for the queue line which goes up inside A tree house from the cartoon.
Also in this area is a Ben 10 5D ride, are gumball dark ride and a climbing ropes course. This is also home to the power puff girls ride. The area also features roaming characters and shows.
The next area is the last Valley. Again as you walk into this area it does initially feel a little dark however once you enter The feeling is absolutely stunning this area is home to 2 of the three rollercoasters.
Predator is a heavily themed gerstlaur Eurofighter. It features a beyond vertical drop and several inversions all amongst the highly themed dinosaur area. Also in this area is forbidden territory A large-scale dark ride that was not operating when I was there. The adventure Fortress is an amazing kids play area and the dino carousel is a very unique carousel.
The velociraptor is the other rollercoaster here. This is a blue fire clone that launches you out of the building into several inversions outside. I have not ridden blue fire however this is a truly great ride. There is a small dark ride section inside before you are launched out of the building. The only thing I would say about this ride is that the entrance is quite hard to find. Around the back of the other rides.
This whole area is dotted with animatronic dinosaurs and fantastic themeing.
The final zone is marvel zone. This has several rides including the hulk 3D experience, an avengers dark ride and the Spider-Man spinning coaster.
Again the theming of this land is stunning. The whole area is like walking into the marvel universe. The Spider-Man coaster is a really good spinner. It sends you out over the park then inside for a nicely themed inside run. It's a very good ride and is one of the best in the park.
This area has some amazingly well themed restaurants. Including Tony's sky deck a steak and seafood fine dining restaurant.
Overall I can say this is the best indoor theme park I have ever been to anywhere in the world. And certainly the biggest!
Videos and photos don't do it justice. The sheer scale is unbelievable.
All the staff are extremely helpful and friendly.
Here some photos.
Benno's Great Race opened yesterday. Heres the POV.
It's a great ride.
Here is a POV of Flying aces at Ferrari World Abu Dubai that I shot this morning.
Here's a video of flying aces que line
and a brighter version